Real Food Kitchen Tour: Real Food Devotee

by Ann Marie Michaels on June 27, 2011

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A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10

Welcome to another edition of the Real Food Kitchen Tour. This week we’re featuring Monica Ford, founder of Real Food Devotee delivery service in Los Angeles.

What’s a Real Foodie?

A “real foodie” is someone who cooks “traditional” food. We cook stuff from scratch using real ingredients, like raw milk, grass-fed beef, eggs from chickens that run around outdoors, whole grains, sourdough and yogurt starters, mineral-rich sea salt, and natural sweeteners like honey and real maple syrup.

We don’t use modern foods that are either fake, super-refined, or denatured. This includes modern vegetable oils like Crisco and margarine, soy milk, meat from factory farms, pasteurized milk from cows eating corn and soybeans, refined white flour, factory-made sweeteners like HFCS or even refined white sugar, or commercial yeast.

We believe in eating wholesome, nutrient-dense foods that come from nature. So we shop at farmer’s markets or buy direct from the farmer, or we grow food in our own backyards.

This Week’s Real Food Kitchen Tour: Monica Ford, Real Food Devotee

Monica Ford lives right here in Los Angeles — but I don’t see her too often because we live on opposite sides of town. And this is a big city. But every time I do see her, I get a big smile on my face. She’s just that kind of person. So happy and optimistic, so inspiring.

And now I know why. If I had Monica’s kitchen, I’d be happy all the time, too. Because dang, y’all. This is one gorgeous kitchen.

Monica started a business recently called Real Food Devotee. If you live in the Los Angeles area and want nutrient-dense food delivered to your home or office, visit her website to learn more. I have tried her Ginger Kombucha and it is fabulous!

Real Food Devotee: Cultured Drinks

Monica with her cultured drinks

Blog Name: Real Food Devotee
Blog Author: Monica Ford
How Long Blogging: 4+ years
Location: Los Angeles
House or Apartment: Lovey Dovey House
Size of Kitchen: 16×14
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: I live in a 108-year-old Craftsman home. It is full of light and warm woodwork. The kitchen is pretty wonderful and spacious. A joy to cook in on my own or with friends and loved ones. Believe me, I’ve had my share of tiny kitchens. When I think back to Thanksgiving Dinner made in a tiny New York City apartment, I cannot help but laugh to the point of tears…. topsy turvy bowls upon pots, upon counters, upon makeshift shelves. A grand topple always only a breath away.
Things You Would Change: Deeper cabinets! Builders of yore, what in the world were you thinking? Certainly not of my pot, jar and enormous cast iron skillet fetish!
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: Cast Iron Skillets, PINK Immersion Blender, Authentic Dairy Bar Milk Shake Machine, Deep Freezer, Champion Juicer, Circa 1940 Gas Stove, Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutters (Everything tastes better in heart-shape!), Glass Jar and Bottle Collection.
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: Planning. Remembering to put everything we need on my farmers market list and not talking to farmers at the market so long that the day is gone. LOVE ME SOME FARMERS!
Current Family Favorite Meal: Wild Arugula Salad with raw milk yogurt dressing, Traditional German Kraut with Caraway Seeds and My Mama’s Chicken Soup. A Glass of Pomegranate Kombucha and Raw Vanilla Ice Cream with a nourishing version of magic chocolate shell for desert!
Favorite Cookbooks: Book of my Mama’s hand written recipes! Pile of napkins with both Grandmothers’ recipes scribbled down. Lot’s of online sources! And… Larousse Gastronomique, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 by Julia Child, The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon-Morell, and The Silver Spoon.

Here are some photos of Monica’s kitchen:

Real Food Devotee: At the StoveI’m in love with that stove! Not to mention the beige and white cabinets, that lovely cabinet hardware… ahhh and the wooden counters!

Real Food Devotee: Thanksgiving


Yes, it really is hot enough in Los Angeles in November that you can get away with wearing a dress like that. Well, at least Monica can! ;-)

Real Food Devotee: Real Milk ShakeLove the glass doors on the cabinets!

Real Food Devotee: Checkin' Kombucha


Monica, please comment and let us know where you got those awesome kombucha jars. I like the dishcloths, too.

Real Food Devotee: Larder


And you must let us know where you bought this larder. Some antique store in the midwest? It’s gorgeous! Love the bowl and pink immersion blender, too!

Real Food Devotee

Real Food Devotee Product Line

Here are some of the things you can get from Monica’s delivery service. Click here to learn more: Real Food Devotee

Check Out the Previous Real Food Kitchen Tour Posts

Real Food Forager
The Leftover Queen
Health Home & Happiness

Let Us Tour Your Kitchen

Are you a real foodie? Do you have a kitchen that you’d like to see featured on CHEESESLAVE?

Please email me at annmarie AT realfoodmedia dot com. Either send me a link to a Flickr set or email me your photos (minimum of 5, but more is better). Note: Please send me LARGE photos. Minimum 610 width (horizontal shot) or 610 height (vertical). If they’re too small, I can’t use them.

Oh, and please send the answers to the above questions (at the very top of this post).

As much as I’d love to include all the photos I receive, I can’t guarantee that I will use your photos in the series. I’m looking for creative, good quality photos.

Some ideas for photos:

  • Show us what’s in your fridge or what’s fermenting on your counter
  • Take some snaps of some of your favorite kitchen gadgets, or show us how you organize your spices
  • Got backyard chickens? Send some pics!
  • How about a lovely herb garden?
  • Kids or pets are always cute!
  • Try to include at least one photo of yourself, ideally in your kitchen

And no, you don’t have to have a blog to be included in the tour.

Photo credit: A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10 by Keith Williamson, on Flickr and photos by Jenn and Roberto at The Leftover Queen
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dawn June 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Oh I love this kitchen! Especially the stove and that bowl on the larder…my grandmother gave me a bowl just like that years ago, and unfortunately I misplaced it in a move somewhere along the line :( Brings back memories!


lydia June 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Wow! Magazine worthy!

I have those same glass jars for my kombucha, picked them up at Target!! ;)


Heather June 28, 2011 at 3:45 PM

For the cabinet: Keep your eyes peeled. I have one almost exactly like that…and you will NEVER believe where I found it! How about on the FREE section of Craigslist? In San Jose? I’ve been wanting one forEVER, have drooled over the ones in Midwestern antique shops all my adult life, and this one was listed under another name (not “Hoosier” cabinet, as they’re usually called, another brand name that I don’t remember now) and needing “work”. Well, the “work” turned out to be a glue and clamp job on the big lower cabinet door–about 10 minutes’ labor, plus drying time, and easy enough even for someone who knows little about woodworking. Total cost: gas to get it, and about $4 for a bottle of Gorilla Glue, which I still have most of left. We already had the necessary clamps.


Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 28, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Great photos – and great kitchen!


Rosyjo June 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Great kitchen! Great job showcasing real food in it’s kitchen context–that kombucha set up is cool! Do you have to worry about air circulation? I have a soft spot for Hoosier type hutches (larder). Like the holder for those gallon jugs, the juicer, and that cool milk shake machine! It is so neat to have a kitchen in the era of more real foods! Those old stoves are so cool but so intimidating–are they easy to operate? Beautiful and inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing.


Heather June 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM

I’ve had one of the old stoves before–a few years newer than that. One of the late 40’s-early 50’s ones with enough room between the burners for a good-sized cutting board to live on top of the stove. Someday, I WILL have one again. The one I had no longer had pilot lights, so we kept one of those long grill lighters around to light the gas with, but it was a total dream to cook on. Those stoves were made for ladies that did real cooking, every day. You won’t find stoves that work that well new, until you get into commercial-grade stuff. Mine finally rusted out too much to use, and we bought a high-end consumer model to replace it. And hubs and I BOTH hated it! We’re renting right now, and I have what I would guess is a high-end ’60’s cooktop. Pretty decent quality, for an electric stove. But I still miss my old big stove.


Jill June 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

This is one very cool kitchen! I spy the juicer in the background — my mother had one of those! Very powerful! Great post!


Amy Love@Real Food Whole Health June 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Love, love, love it! Fantastic pics :) Thanks so much for sharing!


Marci June 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I have wanted a Hoosier cabinet for a long time. I love it!! Love all the retro stuff. You must deliver a lot of kombucha!!!


Jill June 29, 2011 at 4:35 AM

Love the kitchen–kind of inspiring! What a fun gal too! Interesting and important business she runs too! Very cool!


Real Food Devotee June 29, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Hi Everyone,
Thanks so much. I love my kitchen too. Probably my favorite place to be in the house. And Ann Marie, Thank you for posting these kitchen tours! I LOVE looking at Real Foodie Kitchens! Inspiring and motivating!

Dawn, I am crazy about oven ware bowls. They are sturdy heavy bowls and perfect for making beautiful krauts! I am a huge yard sale, flea market junkie where you score yourself one of these beauties or check them out on ebay.


Real Food Devotee June 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Hi Lydia,

Yes, I’ve found these perfectly sized kombucha jars on amazon, at walmart and target. They are made by Heratage Hill and come in 1 gal 2 gal and 2.5 gal sizes. I’ll likely be switch to 5 gallons soon though. Time for the Big Mamas! Yes Marci, LOT’S of Komubcha! I used to be a water hound but, now hardly ever drink water. I drink fermented bevs of one sort or another almost exclusively.
Here’s a link for Jars at Target


Real Food Devotee June 29, 2011 at 9:53 AM

The Larder…..Jeepers! I am in love with it! It’s pretty darn romantic. To me, something that has style and is super useful is the BEST find. A Larder over diamonds any day! It has a “shopping list” printed on the inside which I actually check before I run out the door. It is a list based a REAL staples not processed food-like items. It’s actually a great help. Another one of the cabinet doors has a conversion table for cooking measurements. Also, The white enameled steal counter slides in and out and can become a nice big work area.
This baby hales from Fort Smith, AR. It is a “Border Queen” circa 1910. It was privately owned so no store to recommend but, when I see cool things at markets or tag sales, I’ve been known to 911 text friends who NEED a particular treasure. Keep you’re phone on, AM.


Amy June 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I’m embarassed by my kitchen now….


Kristen June 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Monica, how do I count the ways?
Love, Yours Truly


Real Food Devotee June 29, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Love you, Kristen!! xo


Bethany July 2, 2011 at 5:47 AM

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this kitchen… Love the space. I also just read a post on how to make kombucha and the beautiful photos of her homemade kombucha was just beautiful and inspired me to try and make my own… can’t wait till I get home from vacation !!!


paisley July 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I struggle with my pet sins: yelling at the kids, getting frustrated at the neighbor’s dog in my yard (again!), and coveting other people’s gorgeous kitchens. This is not helping. Oh, and, can I just say, she is too cute!


Mindy July 3, 2011 at 3:02 PM

What a beautiful kitchen!


riceinmay July 3, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Oh my gosh! You are doing EXACTLY what I dream of doing one day…….are the laws in california more lax about selling foods? I live in Dallas Texas

I’m in culinary school, but my goal is to help people who are too busy to cook/ferment slow foods, and provide them with real food- more conveniently .

I’d LOVE to pick your brain a little if you are up for it- my email –


Karen A. July 4, 2011 at 2:42 PM

These kitchen tours are great! I love getting new ideas and checking out new blogs. Thanks!


tessag July 4, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Totally jealous! I love the kitchen!


sewpretty13 July 13, 2011 at 7:08 AM

I love seeing all that gorgeous kambucha!! I love this old fashioned kitchen. Off to check Monica’s blog!


kandemom July 13, 2011 at 8:59 PM

I love the aprons! Makes me want to sew!


RealFoodDevotee July 14, 2011 at 6:48 PM

the apron was made by a lovely woman in my neighborhood. She’s got it down!


Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Yes they are adorable!!


Alfred Gonzalez February 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Is what you offer pre-prepared menus? I’m asking because we have a time factor problem! Get home late, like to eat early, not enough time to make something to eat. Ideal meal? Something that is all ready to eat, just reheat and serve! This not an always situation. BUT, it sure beats eating at a restaurant.


Real Food Devotee February 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Hi Al!
This is so funny. I was just emailing you!!!! Crazy! In addition to our weekly menu listing items to supplement your own home cooking plus a weekly soup, we also provide customized meal menus. We have a quick consult with you and then tailor a menu with the number of meals/week you’d like and take into account your food restrictions and food loves. And yes, that means full meals with minimal prep like heat up and serve:)


karen elpant June 30, 2013 at 8:49 PM

i love your kitchen too monica! it is a work of art! but dang, i have to say it, but you are one sexy bitch!!!!! ;-)


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